CORK schools, companies and individuals are coming together next month to become Mercy Heroes in aid of The Mercy Hospital Foundation and raise funds to purchase new beds for critically ill patients.
People of all ages and from all walks of life are asked to join the effort taking place on October 13 by organising a Dress Up/Dress Down Day at work or school, a coffee morning at home or at your local club or by helping out with street collections around the county.
Talking about the difference that the new profiling beds, which cost €1,500 each, will make, Karen Fitzgerald, Stroke Nurse at The Mercy said: “Profiling beds will make a real difference for patients here at The Mercy, and the first to receive them will be those in Observation Beds. These are patients who require additional monitoring and nursing care post-surgery or who are acutely medically unwell.
“The new beds will ensure that we can make their stay as comfortable and easy as possible for them in what can be a distressing time. Unlike standard beds, the bases of these electric profiling beds are sectioned so the mattress can be profiled to achieve various positions, the height can also be adjusted, and patients are also able to reposition themselves more independently which is beneficial for them and helps with a quicker recovery."
Speaking about the Mercy Heroes campaign, Micheál Sheridan, CEO, Mercy Hospital Foundation said “Our patients are heroes, the staff at the Mercy Hospital are heroes, and donors like you are heroes;
wonderful real life heroes that help us deliver the best research, diagnosis, treatment and care to patients every day at The Mercy University Hospital, the People’s Hospital. Anybody can be a Hero, and we want to celebrate our Mercy Heroes and so we are encouraging you to join us on Friday, October 13 th . Let’s all be heroes and together, save lives.” If you want to know more about bringing Mercy Heroes to your workplace, school, community or home, please contact Deirdre on 021 4223135 or visit https://www.mercyfundraising.ie/.